This is how you take a large freshman class and cultivate it over the course of a season.
You play the best defenders. When one doesn't defend, he doesn't play, simple as that. You show trust, and you get a lot of players on the floor.
Utah now has a team not many want to face in the postseason. The Utes may have a very difficult road down the stretch - at home against Colorado, at Cal and Stanford. And they still have an uphill climb for the NCAA Tournament.
But what they have now is a team that is equipped to make a run through the NIT at worst. Utah goes 10 deep now, and that depth was on serious display in Sunday's win over Arizona State at the Huntsman Center. Guys are playing with confidence, guys are making shots, defending and getting out on the break.